Minnesota Budget Project Director Nan Madden Statement on U.S. Census Bureau CPS Report

St. Paul, Minnesota, September 17, 2013 - U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today show that anti-poverty policies like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are an effective way to lift many Minnesotans out of poverty. According to today’s figures, SNAP kept 4 million Americans out of poverty in 2012. This information comes just days before the U.S. House is expected to vote on a proposal to drastically cut SNAP – eliminating basic food assistance for 41,000 Minnesotans. That’s the wrong way to go when so many people are still looking for work to support their families in this slow economic recovery.